Interview: Erin Elizabeth
Originally published : July 17, 2017
Shoot Along: Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you located? Do you have children? What ages?
Erin: While I'm originally from Shawano, Wisconsin in the USA, my Australian family and I are located in Perth, Western Australia. I have two daughters - Delilah (aged 7), and Camille (aged 5).
Shoot Along: What single piece of photography equipment (aside from your camera) could you not live without?
Erin: My Shootsac! It is fabulous for beach sessions because I don't have to put anything in the sand - it's always strapped to me instead. :)
Shoot Along: Name another photographer whose work you find inspiring.
Erin: Robert Billington - an iconic Australian photographer.
Shoot Along: What is the best photography advice you've ever received?
Erin: You must work business hours only. If you don't you will always be working...strict business hours are vital for balancing your family and work life.
Shoot Along: How do you make documenting your family through photography a priority?
Erin: I don't force my children to pose for elaborate setups or sessions hardly ever. Instead I try to capture everyday moments in an artistic way. Those are the moments I want to remember one day anyway! :)
Shoot Along: Tell us about the image you've shared? What makes it special to you? What did you do to make it happen?
Erin: This image is special to me because it was taken on a family holiday to Thailand (specifically at the Phi Phi islands off the coasts of Phuket). My husband and I went here for our honeymoon, so we came back to the same spot with our girls ten years later.
We stayed on the island for ten days of barefoot sandy bliss - it was one of the happiest trips we have ever taken as a family. I captured this shot a few days into our trip with our travel mirrorless camera. I use a very wide angle lens for our travel images because I love all of the detail I can capture. In this case, I wanted to show how expansive this crystal blue/green ocean was around my girls.
Because it was the middle of the day, I had to slightly underexpose to make sure I retained all of the detail in the water and sky. I also angled the girls so that the sun was just ever so slightly behind them. I then just brightened the girls faces (which were protected by their hats) in post-production and it was exactly what I was looking for. I can't help but smile whenever I see it!
Shoot Along: Share a mistake that you made when you were first learning about photography. How did this mistake help you grow?
Erin: I went a little bit Photoshop nuts...I made my subjects look like creepy fake dolls! I learned quickly that less is more when it comes to Photoshop. ;)
Bio: Erin Elizabeth Hoskins is an internationally award-winning maternity and family photographer and one of the world’s most recognized newborn photographers. ErinElizabeth has been creating beautiful works of photographic art for her clients since 2008. Servicing Perth, Western Australia, Erin photographs newborns in her studio or beach maternity or family sessions using 100% natural light.
Erin Elizabeth holds photography workshops for professional photographers throughout Australia and internationally. She also provides a 1:1 and 1:2 mentoring in her Perth studio for those looking for highly detailed and personalized mentoring.
If you are unable to travel to one of Erin Elizabeth’s workshops, she has also recently released an extremely popular series of teaching videos, covering every almost aspect of her workshop, all available as instant downloads. For more information about Perth newborn photography sessions, workshops and mentoring with Erin Elizabeth Photography, and newborn teaching videos, please visit her website.
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